While “The American Dream” to other characters to other characters is achieved by reaching the top of the social hierarchy and amassing wealth, Gatsby wishes for a person: Daisy. Along his journey to finally having Daisy within reach, he had gained the wealth that others consider to be their American Dream. One of the most prominent reasons as to why Gatsby cannot have Daisy is because he is seemingly stuck in the past. As the pair was being reunited for the first time in nearly 5 years, Gatsby knocks over the “defunct mantelpiece clock” (91). The clock was no longer working, which symbolizes how Gatsby is brooding over the past, and Daisy’s clock has moved onward.
As America evolves throughout the twentieth century, so does what people view as important, which adds on to what the American Dream means. The culture of the 1920s encouraged spending and materialism so people sought money, power, and expensive items to make them happy. In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, who is the epitome of the 1920s American Dream, saw that becoming rich and notable was the only way to get his Dream which was Daisy: “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.”(Fitzgerald, ch 7) Furthermore, despite the fact that Tom was born with a silver spoon, he still felt he didn’t have the American Dream because Gatsby was more popular than him: “I know I’m not very popular. I don’t have big parties. I suppose you’ve got to
The American Dream is an idea that Americans should have an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams of success and prosperity of their wildest dreams. This is accomplished through hard work, determination, and dedication. This effects the characters in Death of a Salesman especially Willy. This small event that happens in the 1900’s is an element that really effects the characters. Through the whole play this is one of the main themes and creates a meaning by the end of the
The American dream is just a dream which can’t be implemented in the real world. While writing The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald described the actions of the human society by critiquing the high class and low class ultimately providing his view towards the American dream in 1920s. Throughout the book; “The Great Gatsby”, American dream is shown to be a corrupted dream that leads to destruction. Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy are 3 main characters who have significantly shown to be corrupted and destroyed by this dream. The desire for high status and luxurious life is what draws Myrtle into establishing a relationship with Tom.
There are eleven chief characters in Wuthering Heights, they are: Mr. Earnshaw, Catherine and Hindley’s father. Mr. Earnshaw adopts Heathcliff and brings him to live at Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff, he was an orphan kid and Mr. Earnshaw brought him to his home, he felled in love with Catherine, Mr. Earnshaws’s daughter. He is a modest guy and he doesn’t have the same education as his brother and sister. Later, he becomes a powerful and rich man and acquire Wuthering Heights and Truschcross Grange, he becomes heartless and greedy.
As American industry began to increase, and the economy was prospering, the labor market became competitive as new technologies were replacing certain jobs that were previously needed. Ideas of labor and what a proper “American” work ethic was began to become extremely popular in society as labor competition increased. “The Strenuous Life,” was presented in 1899 by Roosevelt—right at the boom of the industrial and technological revolution. As Roosevelt discussed many ideas of what “real” American men and women were, he continued into discussing what an American work ethic should be, saying that he wished to preach “the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, or labor and strife.” This idealized American work ethic was not necessarily painted as being easy; it was one of perseverance, hard work, and strife. As these ideas were spread throughout the nation, they encouraged Americans to actively practice them.
The first parallel between the two is the love interest that Gatsby and Fitzgerald both had. Neither one of them were rich, but they lied about their pasts for the women they loved. In the book, Gatsby was in love with a women named Daisy who would only be with him if he was in the same social status as her. He would met Daisy during the Great War as Lieutenant, when he was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky. Daisy wanted a rich successful man, Gatsby felt like had to try to impress her, in his mind this meant that he had to lie about his social class.
Dexter moves onto a daughter of aristocrats but never truly gets over Judy. When she comes back to New York, the main setting, she asks to marry him but the proposal is off not long after after Judy believes he is happy with this other woman. Dexter then goes to war for a while then to New York where his most money earning job, Dexter is apart of the wealthy upper class and is everything he wanted to be as a young caddy, however Dexter learns that his love Judy has settled down with another wealthy man in Detroit. Dexter soon realizes that even though he achieved
Rebuilding the American dream won’t be easy, but is necessary for the success of the nation. Rebuilding the economy is the new American dream so that everyone can achieve the absolute best according to their abilities, and allowing for the economy, once again, to grow into something greater than the nation can
F.Scott Fitzgerald was one of the member of the “Lost Generation”. He wrote The Great Gatsby in April 1924. In 1917 Gatsby first met Daisy at Louisville and they fall in love instantly. But sadly Gatsby went to War, Daisy said she will wait for Gatsby but she was blind by the wealthiness of Tom and married him.After war, Gatsby tried to works as many jobs as he can become rich.Now he is a wealthy man who puts on all the parties and living the life of a luxury man. Every move he makes is to gain Daisy’s attention, to get her back.